Three back in contention

SCOTT Naylor has confirmed that Danny Langtree, Adam Files and Danny Grimshaw are available for selection in his Oldham side to host the full-timers of Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm).

Hooker Files (stomach bug) and half-back Grimshaw, who picked up a knock at Swinton, missed the 28-12 win against Batley, while second-row man Langtree, a pillar of strength for Roughyeds over the last three seasons, has had to sit out the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Dual-registration players from Huddersfield Giants will also be available, as they have been in the last three games against Halifax, Swinton and Batley.

Giants’ teenagers Liam Johnson and Tyler Dickinson played in each of those games, but Naylor isn’t prepared to reveal which Giants players, or indeed how many of them, will be on Roughyeds duty this time until he has announced the team at training tomorrow.

Dual-reg players apart, he will have 18 players to choose from.

Team (from): Lepori, Clay, Gee, Chisholm, Roper, Palfrey, Grimshaw, Joy, Owen, Spencer, Middlehurst, Thompson, Langtree, Hope, Ward, Burke, Hughes, Files plus dual-reg personnel.

Adam Neal and George Tyson, Oldham favourites last year, are expected to keep their places in the Eagles side after their resounding, eight-try triumph at Bradford Bulls.

Flying winger Gary Lo (shoulder) and prop Scott Wheeldon (calf) are doubtful, but coach Mark Aston has the option of recalling three of his most senior players, prop Mitch Stringer, second-row man Michael Knowles and winger Rob Worrincy, all of whom he left out at Bradford.

Said Naylor: “In Neal and Tyson, they took two of our top five players off us, but the lads wanted full-time rugby so they went with our best wishes.

“They have extremely good players, a first-class coaching team and a decent budget so this game will be even tougher than Batley last week.

“We need to focus on every player giving 100 per cent for 80 minutes, like we did last week, and then we’ll see what happens.”

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